Bought this 134k 01/X car for £800 from a local backstreet dealer. Wanted a cheap runaround for town use. Bodywork a little tatty but nothing too major. Engine and interior fine, A few faults that I will fix myself with breakers-yard parts, e.g. broken passenger window motor, worn passenger window sealing strip, broken aerial, noisy heater fan, one failed rear speaker. Handling is great. Think old-school GTi. Very little body roll despite height. Steering very vague and you need to concentrate to stop it running wide on fast corners. Can catch you out if you turn too fast on a roundabout. Clutch is imprecise (although mine needs changing). Gearbox can be notchy in 1st and 2nd. However, smooth enough in higher gears. Driving position excellent (me - 5'9" male, Size 9 boots to drive in). Seats excellent. Interior practicality excellent. Best drinks holders/storage I have come across. Good headlights. Poor sun visors. Indicaors on right stalk which is a pain. Very bad urban ride. Crashes into potholes and over speed-bumps. However, very good to excellent on smooth roads. Indicator stalk self-stops too readilt. This, plus the steering makes you have to concentrate at junctions/r'bouts. However, out of town, it's a hoot. 1.3 VVTI engine is a gem. Revs hard and can sound great. Faster than you'd think. Cruises in 4th at 30MPH! Acceleration fast when revved. Looks better than most superminis. Big boot when seats down. Hard-wearing interior. Brilliant heater.
Ralph Rye, Berskshire, April 7th 2011